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Schools in the Jackson Local School District in Stark County are on lockdown after a seventh grade student shot himself on a middle school campus.

Just before 8 a.m., a student shot himself in the men’s restroom at Jackson Memorial Middle School, according to Jackson Township Police. The school is about 55 miles south of Cleveland.

During a 2 p.m. news conference, authorities said a “distraction” device was found in the student’s backpack.

A distraction device would be “something that could make some smoke, or make a bang,” said the Jackson Township Police Chief. A bomb was not found, police said.

No other weapons were found, authorities said.

According to police, it’s unknown if other students were involved and where the student obtained his weapon.

Police say the boy was transported to a nearby hospital.

His condition is not known at this time.

Police have not said if the shooting is accidental or intentional, but they are calling it self-inflicted.

All other students and faculty members were no injured.

Hundreds of parents gathered outside of the school as school officials worked to safely dismiss students from Jackson Memorial Middle School.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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